Post-Abortion woman: “our grief shows the humanity of the unborn”

From a post-abortive woman named Bernadette:

“I became pregnant in my late teens, and 10 weeks into the pregnancy I had an abortion. A trusted doctor assured me that the procedure would be simple, effective, with no after effects. I was never told that abortion would lead to deep depression, that every time I heard a baby cry it was like a knife turning in my heart. Abortion is supposed to be a quick fix for an unwanted pregnancy, but there is no quick fix for regret, grief and the pain of loss. The most powerful witnesses for the humanity of the unborn are not scientists, but mothers who mourn. We women are not crying over products of conception. We are crying over the deaths of our children.”

I had an abortion at ten weeks.” Love Them Both

Visisted February 1, 2019

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Pro-choicer: Fewer British doctors want to do abortions

Pro-Abortion author Judith Orr says that fewer British doctors want to be trained to do abortions:

“There is worrying evidence that a growing number of younger doctors are refusing to take part in abortions. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists stated almost 10 years ago that it was aware of a “slow but growing problem of trainees opting out of training in the termination of pregnancy and is therefore concerned about the abortion service of the future.” This may be caused by the stigma that still surrounds abortion, meaning it is not a prestigious specialty. It may also be a result, as abortion care provider Dr. Tracey Masters indicates, of the separation and “exceptionalising” of abortion from other aspects of women’s healthcare. But it may also reflect that abortion is not as appreciated as a vital life-saving health provision….”

Judith Orr Abortion Wars: The Fight for Reproductive Rights (Bristol, UK: Policy Press, 2017) 35 – 36

Quote from the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists is from: Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (RCOG) (2007)

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Pro-Choicer screams obscene things at pro-life activist

Rachel Burkey, 21, who was with Created Equal at the Women’s March, says:

“At one point a middle-aged woman walked up to one of our female volunteers, and while reaching towards her groin, aggressively and repeatedly said, ‘Can I grab your p***y?’”

The group was displaying pictures of aborted babies to try and show the marchers how violent and brutal abortion is.

Dorothy Cummings McLean “A ‘male feminist called me a piece of s***’: pro-life youth share horror stories from Women’s March” LifeSiteNews Jan 30, 2018

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Picture makes pro-choicer into pro-lifer

This is one of the comments on Priests for Life’s website. The poster is responding to pictures of aborted babies.

“The pictures of abortions made me sick!! I was pro choice. I now see no other option then life..thank you so much for the graphic nature, it really hits home. If I can share this with just one other person and change their minds as well, maybe one life can be saved.. – JT”

Pro-choice to Pro-life: Comments From Our Visitors Regarding the Graphic Photos of Abortion on our Website Priests for Life

Visited 2/10/2018

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Abortion guidebook explains how to make husband think abortion was a miscarriage

The Medical Abortion Training Guide, which instructs would-be abortion providers on how to give the abortion pill, gives the following hypothetical example to students:

“A 24-year-old woman has three children. She wants to get the “abortion pill.” She plans to tell her family that she is having a miscarriage, and does not want to tell her husband or anyone else that she is having an abortion. She had her period about nine weeks ago. ….

You perform a bimanual exam and the uterus feels about nine-week sized.”

Question asked student:

“Do you feel confident she is within the eligible range for MA? [Medical Abortion, i.e. Abortion by Pill]”

Answer:

“The woman is a candidate for MA…. The woman should be reassured that it is impossible to tell the difference between a spontaneous miscarriage and a medical abortion, but that entails hiding the misoprostol and ensuring that no one tells the husband that the woman was seen in the clinic where abortion services are provided.”

K.L. Turner, ed. Medical Abortion Training Guide (Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Ipas, 2013)

The abortion facility sees nothing wrong with deceiving the woman’s husband and family about the abortion.

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“Having an abortion seemed like being raped again”

Nicole went to her pastor for advice after being raped. She says that her pastor encouraged her to have an abortion with the words:

‘Let me put your mind at ease. Any decision prayerfully considered is OK in the eyes of the church. And in your case I think you should have an abortion.’

Looking back on her abortion, Nicole says:

“For me, having an abortion was like being raped again, only worse – because this time I had consented to the assault.”

“Nicole Cooley: Raped and Pregnant” CBN

Visited 11/19/2017

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Women took part in the Rescue movement

The Rescue movement took place in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Large crowds of people would block abortion clinic entrances and try to prevent women from going in. Pro-abortion rhetoric at the time claimed that pro-lifers were men threatened by women who wanted to deny women their rights. However:

“Significant numbers of women participated in mass demonstrations… In Operation Rescue’s “Siege on Atlanta” campaign during the 1988 National Democratic Convention, women comprised 40.7% of the pro-life activists who were arrested, which was typical during the 1980s and 1990s.”

Karissa Haugeberg Women against Abortion (Chicago, Illinois: University Of Illinois Press, 2017) 70

Today, most pro-lifers use less confrontational tactics.

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Abortion facility was “cold, sterile, unfeeling”

Leila Miller went to an abortion facility to get a free pregnancy test. She describes the uneasy feelings she and her friend shared when they entered the clinic.

“I can’t remember how I convinced myself to walk into that place… All I know is that when I walked into that place, it was like walking into the cold and dark of hell. The women in the seats had a death pall on their faces, as if the life had been drained out of them. The receptionist was stony and gray.

The woman who took me back to the double bank of dingy stalls for the urine sample was as pallid and mechanical as the others, and I remember wondering, What is wrong with all these people? It was downright funereal. In the course of writing this piece, I asked my friend [who had come with the author] to recall our trek to that clinic, an event that she had all but forgotten. We had not discussed it in 30 years, and yet she remembers the place as “somber, sad, and scary,” describing it as “cold, sterile, and unfeeling.”

With a flat affect, the dreary woman informed me that my pregnancy test was negative. Relieved, I hurried back to my friend, who had been left in that dreadful waiting room, and we flew out of there into the fresh air.

My poor friend was upset. “I am never going back to a place like that ever again!” I finally realized what those women were there for, and the pall of death was real.”

Patrick Madrid Surprised by Life (Manchester, New Hampshire: Sophia Institute Press, 2017) 90 – 91

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Member of JANE claims many people knew

JANE was a group of women who got together before abortion was legal and referred women to people who did illegal abortions. When they found out that the “doctor” they were referring women to was not a real doctor, they decided that since he had no training but was doing abortions, they could do abortions too. Without training, except for observing their non-doctor abort some women, they committed abortions on hundreds of women. Members of JANE claimed that they had very few botched abortions (one woman did die) but they didn’t follow the cases of the women after they left, meaning that many of the women may have developed problems later.

In this quote, former former JANE member Judith Arcana claims that many people knew what they were doing, including police.

“Everybody seemed to know what we were doing. Police department employees came to us, police officers’ wives, daughters and mistresses came to us. Politicians’ wives, daughters and mistresses came to us (no local politicians were women in those days, and virtually no police officers either). Our abortion service was an open secret. In those days, like smoking dope. prostitution and many other illegal activities, abortion was known about and accepted.”

Judith Arcana ““Feminist politics and abortion in the US,”  Psychology and Reproductive Choice

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Fertility Center Director supports choosing baby’s sex

Dr. Jamie Grifo, program director for New York University’s Fertility Center, runs two clinics that do embryo screening. They allow couples to choose certain characteristics for their children.  This process allows sex selection for couples who want a girl or a boy.

Dr. Jamie Grifo defends this by saying:

“For someone who has two girls and wants to have a boy, so each sibling can grow up with brother and sister, what’s wrong with that?”

Pam Belluck “If You Really, Really Wanted a Girl …” The New York Times August 20, 2011

Although this is not sex selection abortion, the fact that couples seek out Grifo’s services show that some parents want to control the sex of their children. Would these couples abort a baby of the “wrong” sex?

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